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Giants may be ready to call up Pat Burrell already

Jun 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Pat Burrell is 5-for-12 with a homer in four games at Triple-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Giants last week and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that he could be called up as soon as this weekend.
San Francisco’s offense ranks 13th in OPS and 14th in runs scored, but with Buster Posey taking over at first base and Aubrey Huff making room for him by moving to left field the Giants seemingly don’t have a place in the lineup for Burrell unless they’re willing to sacrifice a ton of defense.
And given that Burrell earned his release from the Rays by hitting .218 with a .311 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage over the past two seasons a nice stretch at Triple-A is hardly reason to hand him starts anyway. More likely is that Burrell would serve as a bench bat initially–Schulman notes a specific situation from last night’s game when he would have come in handy as a pinch-hitter–and perhaps get some spot starts against left-handed pitching.

  1. Merkle Boner - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Never underestimate the power of the Giants management to misinterpret the small sample size, especially in cases that involve a veteran doing well or a young player doing badly.
    What they should do is put Posey behind the plate(how not ready to catch could he be?), Huff at 1st, and Burrell in left, and bench Rowand and Molina, but what they probably will do is send Posey back down and play Burrell in left. The only hope we have is that Posey continues to do so well that sending him back down would incite a fan revolt.

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